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American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.

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CARDOZA, DENNIS, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $31,645.93

Average cost per trip - $3,516.21
Total number of days spent traveling - 39 days
Rank of representative - 204 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Klamath Alliance for Resources & Environment
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - McCloud, CA

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Child Joey Cardoza accompanied

Travel Cost - $816.50
Lodging Cost - $246.02
Meal Cost - $60.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,122.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs are for security, room rentals, etc

Travel Cost - $4,045.50
Lodging Cost - $1,112.10
Meal Cost - $377.25
Other Cost - $408.70
Total Cost - $5,943.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - spring retreat for DLC
Notes - other-DLC gift

Travel Cost - $505.68
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $359.50
Other Cost - $30.00
Total Cost - $1,939.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Annenberg Foundation Trust
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - California delegation issues
Notes - spouse, Kathleen McLoughlin, other-group activities' kids Brittany, Joey and Elaina Cordoza; other costs are kids program

Travel Cost - $2,060.25
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $811.64
Other Cost - $328.44
Total Cost - $3,600.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jones Management LLC
Dates - September 10, 2004 - September 13, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Payday Advance with Community Financial Services Assoc. of America
Notes - Dennis: Washington, DC - Jackson Hole, WY - Washington, DC Kathleen: Fresno, CA - Jackson Hole, WY - Fresno, CA

Travel Cost - $1,397.50
Lodging Cost - $1,170.00
Meal Cost - $292.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,860.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN)
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium

Purpose - To assess progress made on the 10-Point, 10-Year action plan in the TPN's "Strategy to Strengthen Transatlantic Partnership" and to set TPN's work priorities.
Notes - San Francisco - Paris - Brussels - Paris - Washington

Travel Cost - $11,086.38
Lodging Cost - $1,687.86
Meal Cost - $490.89
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,265.13

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - April 10, 2005 - April 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - First-hand look at their exchanges, speak with those who operate in their markets on a daily basis, and see a demonstration of their recent innovations
Notes - Oakland, CA - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $905.70
Lodging Cost - $291.33
Meal Cost - $107.82
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $1,324.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March by visiting the historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL - Washington, DC NOTE: $500 was paid by campaign funds for trip

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Assn
Dates - May 1, 2005 - May 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend the annual United Produce trade show in Chicago, IL to learn more about the industry and how it relates to California agriculture
Notes - San Francisco, CA - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $204.41
Lodging Cost - $179.00
Meal Cost - $112.00
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $665.41

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Ready to Work

Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today the new mantra is "college for all." But not everyone wants to go to college, and more than half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring back career and technical education. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education is being reimagined.

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.